The first lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks was an octagonal wooden structure

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The first lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks was an octagonal wooden structure

Post by jancancook on Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:39 am

The first lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks was an octagonal wooden structure built by Henry Winstanley. Construction started in 1696 and the light was lit on 14 November 1698. During construction, a French privateer took Winstanley prisoner, causing Louis XIV to order his release with the words "France is at war with England, not with humanity".[2]

The lighthouse survived its first winter but was in need of repair, and was subsequently changed to a dodecagonal (12 sided) stone clad exterior on a timber framed construction with an Octagonal top section as can be clearly seen in the later drawings or paintings, one of which is to the left. This gives rise to the claims that there have been five lighthouses on Eddystone Rock. Winstanley's tower lasted until the Great Storm of 1703 erased almost all trace on 27 November. Winstanley was on the lighthouse, completing additions to the structure. No trace was found of him.[3][4]

The cost of construction and five years' maintenance totalled 7,814 7s.6d, during which time dues totalling 4,721 19s.3d had been collected at one penny per ton from passing vessels.

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Re: The first lighthouse on Eddystone Rocks was an octagonal wooden structure

Post by mrk3nx on Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:59 am

The light was first illuminated on October 20, 1892. It stands 144 feet (44 m) above the waterline.[1] The first complete survey of the rock was done in 1882, and construction began in 1883, with the blasting of the rock into a stepped pyramid to form the core that anchored the caisson to the rock. Construction was erratic for several years due to lack of funds allotted by Congress. Work was finally completed in 1891, but the lighthouse awaited arrival of its lens from France until the following year. When the light finally became operational in 1892, the total construction expense came to $752,000- making it the most expensive lighthouse ever built in the US and more than double the initial estimate.

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